Harris DeckerBack in December, I wrote about how the time had come for Mike Woodson to give Toure’ Murry his chance to be this years Jeremy Lin. In the months that has followed, not much as changed. Murry is still averaging just 7.7 minutes per game (mostly in mop up duty) while Raymond Felton has digressed further, quickly becoming “the worst starting point guard in the NBA,” according to at least one NBA executive.
The question I raise this is why haven’t we seen more from Murry? As we close out the first half of the season against the Kings, I’d like to throw this out there: Earlier today, Moke Hamilton and I discussed giving Murry a chance to be the starting point guard coming out of the All-Star break. While Moke was hesitant at first, he came around to the idea.
The leash would be short, but seriously, what does this team have to lose? They have struggled the entire season and the play from the point guards has been horrible. Pablo Prigioni has done a better job of late in the latter portions of games but still, they need a boost. They need a spark and I believe Murry could be just that.
Woodson has always played the veterans over the rookies and in that case, things need to change. Per 36 minutes played, Murry is averaging 12.7 points, while Felton comes in 11.7. That’s right. You’ve read it hear first. Toure’ Murry is averaging more points per 36 minutes played than starting point guard Raymond Felton.
What other proof do you need? The writing is on the wall for me and if Woodson is able to keep his job through the All-Star break, I hope that he considers a change.
Bench Raymond Felton. Send a message to the team. If you play poorly, you will be benched. Give the youngsters a shot and just see what happens. Could they really do any worse than a winning percentage of 39 as they did through the first half?